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by Crastney
Tue Nov 11, 2014 1:56 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Allotment thefts,how can we prevent?
Replies: 27
Views: 7236

Re: Allotment thefts,how can we prevent?

signs warning of 'concealed CCTV in use' or something similar, with a few solar powered motion sensitive security lights. "well I can't see any cameras?... that's because they're concealed! How do I know that I'm not on camera somewhere if the camera's are hidden?! might not decide to burgle this pl...
by Crastney
Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 115871

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

not actively brewing anything at the moment, as the kitchen is being ripped out and a new one put in, but I have some 'ale' conditioning, and three DJs of elderberry cider maturing, and a PET of elderberry port maturing, and a DJ of plain elderberry wine maturing. they've been going ages, so probabl...
by Crastney
Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:55 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Cider yeast
Replies: 8
Views: 3001

Re: Cider yeast

I've previously used champagne yeast (EC118?), and natural yeasts present on the apples, both with great results. If you use beer/ale yeast, it might finish slightly sweet (1.010 on hydrometer), and if you want a sweet cider without adding chemicals (unatural sugars), then I'd recomend that method. ...
by Crastney
Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:59 pm
Forum: Swap Shop, Trading Area and Seed Swap Area
Topic: Small holding share
Replies: 9
Views: 9241

Re: Small holding share

I was waiting for Graham, but I think he's in Nid.
so I'll say Euston Sq
by Crastney
Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Over excited beer (another how not to...)
Replies: 8
Views: 2741

Re: Over excited beer (another how not to...)

cool the beer down first will make it 'less excitable' - ie in the fridge/freezer for a few hours - you'd be surprised at the difference it makes. then re-close those you need for the party, and pour the rest into an FV for further fermentation, and rebottle in a few days time.
by Crastney
Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Solitaire
Replies: 8
Views: 1675

Re: Solitaire

kakuro are good for testing the mind - kind of like soduko but not quite - more additions and permutations. cats cradle was something my dad tried to teach me but I think you need two people - it's string around the fingers to make interesting shapes. Do you have a scrabble set? - pick 7 letters at ...
by Crastney
Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:38 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 115871

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

I have 3 DJs of elderberry cider maturing at the moment, and a DJ of plain elderberry wine, and a DJ of mixed fruit (elderberry, plum, damson, blackberry) port. I have plums this year, in the freezer, along with even more of last years elderberries, which I plan to do something with. I have three bo...
by Crastney
Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Newbie wine making instructions
Replies: 63
Views: 18872

Re: Newbie wine making instructions

everything Mike said sounds great. for more advice I'd recommend a quick read* of the craft brewing forum - I won't link to it as a simple search of your favourite search engine should find it. personally I'd use the grapes to make wine, and the apples to make cider but that's just me. * there's a l...
by Crastney
Tue Sep 02, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Rhubarb wine recipe ?
Replies: 3
Views: 2338

Re: Rhubarb wine recipe ?

last year I made rhubarb and ginger wine, and it turned out to be the best wine I've ever made.
by Crastney
Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:21 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Birch sap wine
Replies: 5
Views: 2971

Re: Birch sap wine

3tbsp honey per gallon doesn't seem much, and yes, birch sap is low on sugar, compared to Maple it's about 10 times as dilute. And you have to get only the sweet stuff from the top layer of the bark - if you go too deep, you get a lot more diluted watery sap. it does depend on how strong you want it...
by Crastney
Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:31 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Top tips for the diy polytunnel maker
Replies: 11
Views: 3660

Re: Top tips for the diy polytunnel maker

how big are you talking? two feet high, or tall enough to walk through?
by Crastney
Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 115871

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

I have:
1 gal of Wilko Strawberry Rose ready for bottling.
1 gal of Rhubarb and ginger wine ready for first racking
1.5 gal of plums in first fermentation
a big bag of pears ready to juice, blackberries in the freezer, and a huge carrier bag full of elderberries
by Crastney
Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:23 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pear tree
Replies: 9
Views: 3785

Re: Pear tree

graft - keep the soil level below the graft mark
by Crastney
Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 115871

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

I have a Wilko strawberry wine kit on the go, and will start a fruit wine from rhubarb and ginger fairly soon.
by Crastney
Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What interesting or unusual edible plants have you grown
Replies: 57
Views: 16281

Re: What interesting or unusual edible plants have you grown

If you don't mind going too far, head over to Worcester, The Malvern Hills, there's a road through, can't remember the name, might be the Wyche cutting, but could be British Camp, anyway, it's the one with the large car park on the left of the cut through, and the Malvern Hills Hotel (I thihnk?) on ...